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Exploit
Internal
Training
Options
Jon Sillerud
Uponor North America

Internal training can play a major
role in your company's growth and
long-term sustainability.

E

LEVATING YOUR workforce begins
with a robust training program. There
are two avenues to consider when it
comes to training employees. Making the
decision to go with internal or external training opportunities relies heavily on company
culture and resources. Here's how to weigh
your options.

CONSIDER THE CROWD
How well do you know your employees? Are
they younger or older? Novice or seasoned?
Knowing these characteristics can help when
it comes to deciding on internal versus
external training.
If you want to go the internal route, and
you have more seasoned employees, consider
appointing a veteran from within a department with decades of industry knowledge. This
knowledge can then be reinforced with some
professional, online learning courses.
You will often have more success with
someone who knows the industry and has the
potential to learn how to be a trainer, rather than
a person with training expertise who knows
nothing about the industry.

TRAIN YOUR TRAINERS
Internal training requires a department leader who can create a strategy that aligns with
the company's core values and growth potential. Depending on company size, you could
have a single leader who does the strategy
and the training, or you could appoint several
trainers under a training manager or director.
If you have the luxury of recruiting several
dedicated employees for a training department,
and your business leaders see the benefit of
internal training, make sure these individuals
receive all of the quality training they need to
be effective. Training is an art and a science that
requires careful crafting and delivery for success.

WALK THE TALK
For internal training program success, you
need support from the top. Company leaders
must see the value and put dollars and
resources behind the program. Without
money and people to drive it, the program
will likely fail.
Internal training can play a major role in
your company's growth and long-term sustainability. However, it is important to first gain
and then maintain the support, resources, and
strategy necessary to ensure the program will
thrive. EP

Jon Sillerud is Vice President, Operations,
for Uponor North America, Apple Valley, MN
(uponor.com). Reach him at
jon.sillerud@uponor.com.

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